There is no question that two-way standout Ryan Murphy (6-2, 190, 4.4) from Oakland (Calif.) Tech was one of the fastest rising prospects on the west coast. He has offers from the likes of Fresno State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State and UCLA, the school he visited this weekend.
"My visit to UCLA went well," Murphy said. "I liked UCLA a lot. I liked the campus and it is a prestigious school. Coach Rick Neuheisel and the rest of the coaches are cool people.
"Anytime you get a degree from UCLA," Murphy said. "It carries heavily with people.
"UCLA is in state and it is a school that I could become accustomed to," Murphy said. "My dad lives in Los Angeles so I would have relatives here as well."
Even though UCLA showed Murphy a good time, he didn't commit. The question then turns to did UCLA do enough on Murphy's visit to get into the upper tier of schools for Murphy?
"I still favor Oregon State and Washington State," Murphy said. "I will probably make up my mind next week after I visit Oregon State."
Oregon State and Arizona State are recruiting Murphy as an athlete. Meaning, both schools like him as both a running back and a safety. Washington State and Cal are recruiting him as a safety.
While there are no recorded defensive stats for Murphy, he did have four forced fumbles, two interceptions and had a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. He also retuned one of his interceptions for a score. Obviously what defensive stats are known, shows that he is a hard hitter and playmaker as a defensive player.
On the offensive side of the ball, Murphy rushed for 1,983 and scored 18 touchdowns. He also had two touchdown receptions and two kick returns for scores.
Whoever lands Murphy will be getting a player who has the penchant for making plays.